On our labor calendar,
Heads-up for tomorrow’s Rally for a Fair Contract at Giant & Safeway by UFCW Local 400, 11am at the 7th Street Giant;
For details and all the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1897, some 75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended a ten-week strike after winning an eight hour day, semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of overpriced company-owned stores, where they had been forced to shop.
Today’s labor quote is by coal miner’s son Merle Travis, from his song "16 Tons":
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store
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